Nippon Camera

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Nippon Camera (日本カメラ Nippon kamera?)[1] is a Japanese photography magazine, published since 1950.

Nippon Camera started in March 1950 as a bimonthly magazine, published by Kōgeisha (Tokyo) as the successor to the book series Amachua Shashin Sōsho (1948–49). It became a monthly magazine from July 1951.[2][3]

The magazine is now (2012) published (in Tokyo) by Nippon Camera-sha, which also publishes an annual, Shashin Nenkan (写真年鑑) and other photography-related books.[4]

Since the demise of Camera Mainichi, the sole rival of Nippon Camera as a photography magazine attempting to cater to all interests has been Asahi Camera.


  1. ^ While 日本 can be read as either "Nippon" or (more commonly) "Nihon", the front covers of newer issues of the magazine are clearly labeled "Nippon Camera" in Roman script in addition to the Japanese script. However, early issues lack this clarification on the front, and clearly announce "Nihon Camera" in Roman script on the back cover. (The February 1953 issue is an example.)
  2. ^ Mari Shirayama, "Major Photography Magazines", pp. 378–385 of Anne Wilkes Tucker, ed., The History of Japanese Photography (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003; ISBN 0-300-09925-8).
  3. ^ Mari Shirayama (白山眞理), "Nihon no shashin/kamera zasshi" (日本の写真・カメラ雑誌), pp. 38–43 of Nihon shashin-shi gaisetsu (日本写真史概説, "An outline history of photography in Japan"; Tokyo: Iwanami, 1999; ISBN 4-00-008381-3).
  4. ^ Nippon Camera-sha website.

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